[Monday, February 05, 2007]
New York State Assembly Bill 1677, introduced by Assemblyman Peralta, seeks to require all dogs over four months of age to be microchipped and registered with a new state-run registry. If passed and signed into law, these changes could have a significant impact on breeders and dog owners in New York. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners contact their Assemblyman and the committee chairman to express their opposition.
Nationalized microchip enrollment is far superior to local or state registries. A significant portion of recoveries involve pets that have crossed state lines or passed from one area to another. Creating regionalized recovery systems will make consumers feel that they are protected in a state database. They will be less likely to enroll in a national database and the end result will inevitably be lost pets that are not properly reunited with their owners because of the disjointed nature of state/regional recovery systems.
The proposed set of laws would require that:
All dogs four months of age be microchipped.
All microchipped and/or licensed dogs be registered with a new state identification registry.
All microchips and stored information be compatible with scanners used by the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Violators of this bill be subject to fines of up to $100.
WHAT TO DO:
Contact the members of the New York Assembly Committee on Agriculture who will consider this bill.
Assemblyman William Magee, Chair
Albany, NY 12248
Assemblyman Marc S. Alessi
Assemblyman Darrel J. Aubertine
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
Assemblyman Marc W. Butler
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte
Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito
Assemblyman Gary D. Finch
Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther
Assemblyman Steven Hawley
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
Assemblyman Alan Maisel
Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey
Assemblyman Roy McDonald
Assemblyman John J. McEneny
Assemblyman Bob Reilly
Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal
Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko